Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Recap: Yankees 5, Tigers 2

Nathan Eovaldi threw an unexpected jem, yielding just one earned run over a nice seven innings as the Yankees beat the Tigers, 5-2, on Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

Eovaldi's First Yankees Win: Eovaldi surrendered eight hits in his seven frames, but thanks to four double plays and strikeouts on the evening, retained a 1-0 lead from the first to the seventh. He escaped a men-on-the-croners, one-out jam in the third with a rundown and a lineout -- a pretty impressive feat considering Anthony Gose and Ian Kinsler were the hitters he retired.

Lobstein Counters: Tigers starter Kyle Lobstein didn't go quietly against Eovaldi, however, holding the Yankees' offense to one run and three hits in the contest's first six innings. Mark Teixeira drove in that lone run with a double in the first, giving the Yanks the slim advantage they would cling to for awhile.

Insurance: It wasn't until the top of the seventh that the Yankees would put up a three spot off the Tigers' relief core, getting a pair of solo homers from Chris Young and Stephen Drew to finally find some breating room. Detroit lefty Ian Krol served up the long balls early in the at-bat, with an Al Albuquerque wild pitch also plating a Yankees run later on.

Betances Shines: The Tigers still weren't done fighting, though, and in the eighth the Yankees needed a great outing from Dellin Betances to keep them from chipping away. Eovaldi had allowed a double to kickoff the inning, but Betances ensured that runner would never advance with two strikeouts and a popout. 

Miller Closes it Out: Andrew Miiller then struck out Jose Iglesias to finish the game in the ninth -- the Tigers having scored a run and loaded the bases on two hits and two walks. Miller entered the inning with two on and two out, strangely walking back-to-back before ending the rally with a foul tip.

Next Up: Adam Warren will look to build on the Yankees' momentum Wednesday when he takes on David Price in the third volume of this series -- beginning at 7:08 p.m. ET and airing live on the YES Network. Warren will be attempting to rebound from a rough start in St. Petersburg on Friday when he and Price face off for the first time ever in The Motor City -- Price hoping to further prove the legitamacy of his 0.40 April ERA. 

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